Music and BBQ on the Summer Ski Slope
SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack musicians and Doty’s BBQ takes over Mount Pisgah Ski Center 3–8 p.m. Sunday, July 29 for a Summer Ski Jam & BBQ.
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The Summer Ski Jam originated with the bands who play Dewey Mountain Recreation Center’s little log cabin on winter Friday nights. They decided to get together in warm weather and put on a big outdoor concert to benefit the campaign to build a new base lodge for Dewey Mountain.
Music begins at 3 p.m. with singer-songwriter Celia Evans, who’s been described as a “gem of the Adirondack folk music scene” with a “voice as clear as a stream.”
Evans is followed by the authentic country blues of Steve Langdon, whose voice was honed by years as a working bluesman in Germany as well as by long winter nights as a backcountry caretaker in the High Peaks Wilderness.
Next in the lineup, The Barn Cats play a fiddle-driven Northern Adirondack take on traditional American roots, old time, gospel, blues and country.
Around 5 p.m. The Blind Owl Band takes the stage. The ensemble out of Paul Smith’s College is described by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise as “a hard-driving, heavily bearded, original string music quartet” and is gaining a following beyond the North Country.
The funk-grass, acoustic groove of Lake Placid’s Big Slyde starts around 6 p.m. The group is touring its new CD, Honey Gold, with U.S. Team Biathlete Lowell Bailey on mandolin and vocals.
Roadside Mystic closes the evening with solid, blues-based rock-n-roll out of the heart of the Adirondacks.
Food will be served 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Summer Ski Jam features Doty’s signature marinated beef and chicken with all the sides. Together with his parents and brothers, Derek Doty ran the popular Doty’s Country Road Beef butcher shop for 28 years, and he continues to put on a great barbecue on special occasions. The community-supper atmosphere will welcome families as well as summer guests.
Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is supplying Ubu Ale and Lake Placid IPA.
In lieu of skiing, the Summer Ski Jam offers “Winter Games,” such as wheeled luge rides by USA Luge, ice-ball relay, bocce curling, and more.
Along with Lowell Bailey, U.S. Team Biathletes and Dewey alumni Tim Burke and Annelies Cook will be on hand to celebrate their childhood mountain.
Tickets include music, food and games: $15 adults ($20 at gate), $5 kids 4–12, free age 3 and under. Advance tickets are on sale at deweyskicenter.com and at Ampersound, Blue Line Sports, the Community Store, and Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, or call (518) 891-1080.
All proceeds go to the Dewey Mountain Friends/Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation campaign to improve trails and construct a new base lodge in partnership with the Town of Harrietstown, which has owned and operated Dewey Mountain Recreation Center since 1980.
Because Dewey’s current facility is too small to accommodate the event, Mount Pisgah is graciously hosting the Summer Ski Jam, 3–8 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Pisgah is located at 92 Mt. Pisgah Lane.